Rapid Rhythm – The 90 Second ECG


The hand-held device that wirelessly connects to any electrocardiogram (ECG) machine to diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) and other major cardiac conditions. More than half a million people in the UK are affected by AF, a condition which causes an irregular and often abnormally-fast heart rate. AF is traditionally diagnosed by carrying out an ECG, which involves applying a number of electrodes to the skin to measure the electrical activity of the heart.

ECGs today

The current method of ECG screening involves connecting ten electrodes to specific points on the patient’s body for what is known as a ‘12-lead ECG’. This then interprets the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time as detected by the electrodes. During this process, the patient must undress and lie down on a couch for the procedure which can take more than ten minutes for the elderly. But GPs do not have widespread confidence in current ECGs with statistics showing that 86% of primary care practices have an ECG but only 3% of patients receive one.

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The 90 second ECG

The product, Rapid Rhythm is a hand-held device to diagnose AF and other major cardiac conditions. The wireless electrode device is placed over the patient’s chest to deliver a one-step ECG in just 90 seconds. The device is fully compatible with existing ECG machines and can be used across a number of clinical settings.

Use of Rapid Rhythm in the community

  • Screening for AF in the community / general practice
  • Testing for cardiac conditions in general practice, acute and care settings
  • Screening children before sporting activity

Benefits in primary care

  • Quicker to use than current 12 lead ECGs
  • Uses clinically credible 8 lead ECG data
  • Compatible with existing ECG machines
  • Minimal training needed
  • Allows on board ECG interpretation and diagnosis
  • Ideal for opportunistic screening programmes
  • Multiple handsets allows measurement in each GP’s surgery
  • Eases workflow and reduces costs

Benefits in acute and emergency care

  • Reduces ward based ECG carts
  • Improves workflow
  • Eliminates infection risk
  • Fully traceable data through the ECG cart
  • Opportunity to measure data on the move
  • 90 second diagnosis in emergency situations
  • Opportunity for patient monitoring